|LA ANGELS ( NOLASCO )|
CHI WHITE SOX ( SHIELDS )
|921||LA ANGELS||-145||Ov 10,-110||-150||Ov 10,-105|
|922||CHI WHITE SOX||+135||Un 10,-110||+140||Un 10,-115|
|vs Right-handed Starters||55-55||+4.8||42-58||4.4||0.242||0.306||0.396||0.703||4.2||0.249||0.307||0.404||0.711|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5.4||3-4||2.9||0.207||0.286||0.350||0.637||4.9||0.248||0.296||0.423||0.719|
|vs Right-handed Starters||43-66||-4||55-50||4.3||0.254||0.304||0.412||0.716||5.1||0.261||0.338||0.448||0.786|
|Past 7 Games||3-4||+1.2||3-4||3.4||0.198||0.248||0.326||0.574||5.0||0.272||0.329||0.444||0.773|
|9/22/2017||RICHARDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||VERLANDER(R)||0-3||L||125||8 ev||U||2||3||0||3||2||0|
|9/23/2017||NORRIS(R)||@ HOUSTON||MORTON(R)||2-6||L||110||8.5 ov||U||5||4||1||8||5||0|
|9/24/2017||SKAGGS(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||7-5||W||160||9 un||O||11||10||0||9||7||1|
|9/25/2017||NOLASCO(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||SHIELDS(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||BRIDWELL(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||FULMER(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||RICHARDS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||LOPEZ(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||NORRIS(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||COVEY(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||SEATTLE|| || |
|9/11/2017||LOPEZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||11-3||W||160||9 ov||O||17||11||0||9||6||1|
|9/12/2017||COVEY(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||GAVIGLIO(R)||3-4||L||175||10 ov||U||13||10||0||4||3||0|
|9/13/2017||GIOLITO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||SKOGLUND(L)||5-3||W||135||10 ov||U||10||9||1||8||10||0|
|9/14/2017||SHIELDS(R)||@ DETROIT||BELL(L)||17-7||W||105||10.5 un||O||25||14||1||12||6||0|
|9/15/2017||FULMER(R)||@ DETROIT||SANCHEZ(R)||2-3||L||110||10 ov||U||8||8||0||6||6||1|
|9/16/2017||LOPEZ(R)||@ DETROIT||JAYE(R)||10-4||W||100||9.5 ov||O||17||11||0||9||8||1|
|9/17/2017||COVEY(R)||@ DETROIT||BOYD(L)||0-12||L||115||10.5 un||O||1||2||0||13||4||0|
|9/19/2017||GIOLITO(R)||@ HOUSTON||MCHUGH(R)||1-3||L||230||9 ov||U||6||9||0||8||4||2|
|9/20/2017||SHIELDS(R)||@ HOUSTON||PEACOCK(R)||3-4||L||250||9.5 un||U||4||3||1||9||8||0|
|9/21/2017||FULMER(R)||@ HOUSTON||KEUCHEL(L)||3-1||W||250||9.5 un||U||6||4||0||3||6||0|
|9/22/2017||LOPEZ(R)||KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||7-6||W||+145||9.5 ov||O||10||5||2||13||5||1|
|9/23/2017||COVEY(R)||KANSAS CITY||DUFFY(L)||2-8||L||+155||9.5 ov||O||8||8||0||12||7||0|
|9/24/2017||GIOLITO(R)||KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||8-1||W||+120||9.5 ov||U||10||6||1||5||5||3|
|9/25/2017||SHIELDS(R)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)|| |
|9/26/2017||FULMER(R)||LA ANGELS||BRIDWELL(R)|| |
|9/27/2017||LOPEZ(R)||LA ANGELS||RICHARDS(R)|| |
|9/28/2017||COVEY(R)||LA ANGELS||NORRIS(R)|| |
|9/29/2017||GIOLITO(R)||@ CLEVELAND||CARRASCO(R)|| |
|9/30/2017|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|10/1/2017|| ||@ CLEVELAND|| || |
|LA ANGELS: 2016: 74-88, fourth place
Manager: Mike Scioscia (18th season)
Who's new? C Martin Maldonado, 2B Danny Espinosa, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Ben Revere, OF Cameron Maybin, RHP Jesse Chavez, RHP Austin Adams, RHP Yusmeiro Petit
Who's gone? C Jett Bandy, C Geovany Soto, C Juan Graterol, OF Gregorio Petit, OF Rafael Ortega, RHP Jered Weaver, LHP C.J. Wilson, RHP Jhoulys Chacin, RHP Tim Lincecum, RHP Cory Rasmus, LHP Brett Oberholtzer
Projected lineup: 3B Yunel Escobar (.304, 5 HR, 39 RBI), RF Kole Calhoun (.271, 18, 75), CF Mike Trout (.315, 29, 100, 30 SB), DH Albert Pujols (.268, 31, 119), 1B C.J. Cron (.278, 16, 69) or Luis Valbuena (.260, 13, 40 in 90 games with Astros), LF Cameron Maybin (.315, 4, 43, 15 SB with Tigers), 2B Danny Espinosa (.209, 24, 72 with Nationals), SS Andrelton Simmons (.281, 4, 44, 10 in 124 games), C Martin Maldonado (.202, 8, 21 with Brewers) or Carlos Perez (.209, 5, 31)
Rotation: RH Garrett Richards (1-3, 2.34 in six starts), RH Matt Shoemaker (9-13, 3.88), LH Tyler Skaggs (3-4, 4.17), RH Ricky Nolasco (8-14, 4.42 with Twins and Angels), RH Jesse Chavez (2-2, 4.43 with Blue Jays and Dodgers) or RH Bud Norris (6-10, 5.10 for Braves and Dodgers)
Key relievers: RH Huston Street (3-2, 6.45, 9/12 SV), RH Cam Bedrosian (2-0, 1.12), RH Andrew Bailey (3-1, 5.36 6/7 SV for Phillies and Angels), RH J.C. Ramirez (2-1, 2.91), LH Jose Alvarez (1-3, 3.45), RH Austin Adams (0-0, 9.82 with Indians), RH Yusmeiro Petit (3-5, 4.30 with Nationals), RH Mike Morin (2-2, 4.37)
Hot spots: First base and fifth starter. Pujols started 23 games at first base last year, and will likely play fewer this year after offseason plantar fascia surgery. For now, Pujols is the primary DH, Cron is the first baseman, and Valbuena will begin the season on the DL with a strained hamstring. One problem: neither Cron (.698 OPS) nor Valbuena (.666) could hit lefties last year. The top candidates for fifth starter are similarly flawed. Chavez and Norris finished last season as relievers. Alex Meyer has six major league starts to his name. The Angels might need all of them at points in 2017.
Outlook: It's hard to be too optimistic about a team that's made one playoff appearance in seven years. Yet it's hard to be too pessimistic considering the hard-luck injuries that decimated the Angels in 2016, particularly on the pitching side. Still, 2017 figures to be a transition year. The back of the rotation is a patch job until Tommy John patients Andrew Heaney and Nick Tropeano return from rehab. The Angels will gain some financial freedom after the season, when Josh Hamilton finally comes off the books. Any positive momentum in the meantime would make Anaheim a more attractive destination for free agents. Getting back above .500 would be a realistic step in that direction; anything beyond that is a bonus
|CHI WHITE SOX: 2016: 78-84, fourth place.
Manager: Rick Renteria (first season).
He's Here: RHP Lucas Giolito, INF Yoan Moncada, LHP Derek Holland, RHP Reynaldo Lopez, C Geovany Soto, OF Peter Bourjos.
He's Outta Here: Manager Robin Ventura, LHP Chris Sale, OF Adam Eaton, OF Austin Jackson, DH Justin Morneau, C Alex Avila, RHP Matt Albers.
Projected lineup: CF Leury Garcia (.229, 1, 5 in 18 games, 48 ABs; .313, 6, 35, 18 SBs in 84 games at Triple-A Charlotte) or Jacob May (.266, 1, 24, 19 SBs in 83 games at Triple-A Charlotte), SS Tim Anderson (.283, 9, 30), LF Melky Cabrera (.296, 14, 86), 1B Jose Abreu (.293, 25, 100), 3B Todd Frazier (.225, 40, 98), RF Avisail Garcia (.245, 12, 51), DH Matt Davidson (missed much of last season with broken right foot), C Omar Narvaez (.267, 1, 10), 2B Tyler Saladino (.282, 8, 38).
Rotation: LH Jose Quintana (13-12, 3.20 ERA), RH Miguel Gonzalez (5-8, 3.73), LH Derek Holland (7-9, 4.95 ERA in 22 games with Texas), RH James Shields (6-19, 5.85 in 33 starts with Padres and White Sox), LH Carlos Rodon (9-10, 4.04).
Key relievers: RH David Robertson (5-3, 3.47, 37/44 saves), RH Nate Jones (5-3, 2.29, 3 saves), LH Dan Jennings (4-3, 2.08), RH Zach Putnam (1-0, 2.30), RH Michael Ynoa (1-0, 3.00).
Hot Spot: Triple-A Charlotte. With Giolito, Lopez and Moncada likely to begin the season in Triple-A, many White Sox fans might keep a closer watch on the Knights than the big league club. The development of the franchise's suddenly rich minor league system will help determine the trajectory of Chicago's new rebuilding project.
Outlook: Lots of losses and trades. Quintana and Frazier likely will be shipped out at some point this season, and Robertson also could be on the move in the right deal. The White Sox seem fully committed to a major overhaul, and they added several prospects when they traded away Sale and Eaton over the winter. But it could be a rough couple of years while general manager Rick Hahn tries to establish a more reliable pipeline of talent throughout the organization. In the meantime, the White Sox still have Anderson, who was impressive in his first major league stint last year. Abreu is going for his fourth straight season of at least 25 homers and 100 RBIs.
|Angels face White Sox with playoff hopes on life support|
CHICAGO -- The Los Angeles Angels' playoff hopes remain alive -- barely -- just in time for the final stretch.
By beating the Houston Astros 7-5 on Sunday night, the Angeles snapped their six-game losing streak and remained 4 1/2 games back of the Minnesota Twins for the second American League wild card. Seven games remain in the regular season for Los Angeles.
Needing victories and help from other teams to stay in the race, the Angels (77-78) will face the rebuilding Chicago White Sox (63-92) in the opener of a four-game series Monday night at Guaranteed Rate Field.
"You gotta win out," Angels pitcher Tyler Skaggs said Sunday night. "We know that. We gotta stay loose, play free. Nothing to lose. We're playing the White Sox. I'm not saying they are not as good a team as the Indians and Astros, but those are winnable games."
The Angels' scheduled Monday starter, Ricky Nolasco (6-14, 5.06 ERA), is winless in his past six starts. In his most recent outing, the right-hander gave up two runs in five innings against AL Central champion Cleveland. Nolasco is 1-4 with a 6.00 ERA in eight career starts against the White Sox.
Chicago will counter with right-hander James Shields (4-7, 5.40 ERA). In his latest outing, Shields took his first loss in three starts, giving up three runs in 5 2/3 innings against the AL West champion Astros. However, he avoided allowing a home run for just the third time in 20 starts this season.
Shields started throw from a three-quarters angle during his Aug. 5 start at Boston. Since then, he is 2-4 with a 4.56 ERA with 51 strikeouts and 11 home runs allowed in 53 1/3 innings. In comparison, he started the season with a 6.19 ERA with 15 home runs allowed in 56 2/3 innings.
"I know he's wanted to do better," Chicago manager Rick Renteria said. "Making the adjustments he has made, he's made himself again a major league pitcher that gives his club an opportunity by containing the opponents to a particular number of runs."
Shields is 6-4 with a 3.13 ERA in 14 career starts against Los Angeles. Three of those outings have been complete games, including his last start against the Angels on July 16, 2016. He has thrown 11 quality starts and recorded at least 10 strikeouts twice versus the Angels.
In mid-May, the Angels swept the White Sox in three games in Los Angeles.
On Sunday, led by Luis Valbuena's go-ahead double in the seventh inning, Los Angeles' offense broke out. The Angels had been outscored 29-13 during their six-game losing streak.
"Anything can happen," Angels second baseman Brandon Phillips told the Orange County Register. "It's not over. I tell everybody just to believe in ourselves."
After facing the White Sox, who hold a 1 1/2-game lead over the Detroit Tigers for fourth place in the AL Central, the Angels play host to the AL West's fourth-place team, the Seattle Mariners, for three games.
Having taken two of three against the Kansas City Royals over the weekend, the young White Sox could avoid losing 100 games and stay out of last place in the division.
"Everybody is grinding and hustling the way they are supposed to do," Chicago outfielder Avisail Garcia said. "That's big for the team. This team is going to be interesting for the future, so I can't wait for that."
|Last Updated: 2/17/2018 9:29:08 PM EST|